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TOPIC: Premier League Preview 15/16: Stoke City (A)

Premier League Preview 15/16: Stoke City (A) 2 years 2 months ago #500

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Liverpool kick off their 2015/16 Premier League campaign with the chance to gain some redemption against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City on Sunday afternoon; 4pm kick off UK time. Stoke’s 6-1 humiliation of the Reds on the last day of last season was our heaviest defeat for 52 years and ended a frustrating season for everyone connected with LFC in the worst possible way.

Since then Brendan Rodgers has kept his job while Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh were less fortunate and shown the exit door along with Raheem Sterling, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert, Sebastien Coates, Javier Manquillo (loan ended early), Iago Aspas and Brad Jones. Steven Gerrard of course has begun his new career in L.A. and it will be interesting to see how we adapt without his experience and leadership around the club.

With so many outgoings it’s hardly surprising there has been an abundance of new arrivals, both on and off the pitch. Liverpool have brought in Sean O’Driscoll to replace Pascoe as Rodgers’ assistant manager, added Gary McAllister as first team coach and promoted highly regarded youth coach Pepijn Lijnders to the new role of first-team development coach. On the playing side, the Reds have brought in seven players: Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Christian Benteke, with Divork Origi returning from his loan spell with Lille to finally begin his LFC career.

LIVERPOOL SQUAD BY SHIRT NUMBER

2. Clyne
3. Enrique
4. Toure
6. Lovren
7. Milner
9. Benteke
10. Coutinho
11. Firmino
12. Gomez
14. Henderson
15. Sturridge
17. Sakho
18. Moreno
20. Lallana
21. Lucas
22. Mignolet
23. Can
24. Allen
26. Ilori
27. Origi
28. Ings
29. Borini
32. Brannagan
33. Ibe
34. Bogdan
36. Yesil
37. Skrtel
38. Flanagan
39. Fulton
40. Kent
41. Dunn
43. McLaughlin
45. Balotelli
46. Rossiter
48. Sinclair
50. Markovic
53. Teixeira

Due to the many changes in the coaching set up and playing staff it may be a stretch for Liverpool to hit the ground running but with the humiliation suffered against Stoke still fresh in the mind, combined with so many tough away fixtures in the Premier League over the next couple of months, the Reds can ill afford to start the new season slowly, especially at Anfield.

Liverpool last met Stoke on the opening weekend of the Premier League season back in 2013/14 with Liverpool securing a 1-0 victory at Anfield thanks to a Daniel Sturridge strike. Unfortunately Sturridge is likely to miss at least the first month of the season following the surgery on his hip that was undertaken last season. Like Sturridge, Jon Flanagan (knee) and Joe Allen (hamstring) also miss out against Stoke due to injuries.
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